The review of the Goldstone Report has started in the Human Rights Council, and so have the media:
First came AFP:
UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges Israel and the Palestinians to conduct, without delay, "credible" domestic probes of war crimes allegations during the Gaza conflict, a top UN official said Wednesday.
Ban "calls upon all of the parties to carry out credible domestic investigations into the conduct of the conflict without delay," UN Under Secretary General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the UN Security Council.
"He hopes that such steps will be taken wherever there are credible allegations of human rights abuses throughout the world," he added.
Pascoe noted that Ban's call dovetails with a key recommendation in a UN report that accused both Israel and Palestinian armed groups of war crimes during the three-week Gaza conflict over the new year.
The damning report by a team led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone, a former international war crimes prosecutor, also directed Ban to bring its report to the attention of the UN Security Council for follow-up action, which could be a referral to the International Criminal Court.
Ban "believes that international humanitarian law needs to be fully respected and civilians must be protected in all situations and circumstances," Pascoe said during a council debate on the Middle East."
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Others followed quickly.
U.N. rights body opens door to new Gaza debate
GENEVA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an extraordinary meeting this week on the occupied Palestinian territories, providing another chance for Israel's critics to discuss a Gaza war crimes report.
"The holding of the special session is at the request of Palestine," the United Nations said in a statement circulated on Tuesday in Geneva, where the 47-member body is based.
The Human Rights Council did not vote during its last three-week session, ending Oct. 2, on a resolution condemning Israel's failure to cooperate with the Gaza inquiry, led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone.
The report, issued in September, concluded that both the Israeli armed forces and Hamas militants committed war crimes in the December-January war. But it was more critical of Israel.
Action on the Human Rights Council resolution was postponed until March after pressure from Washington, which is trying to restart Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. [ID:nL2147555]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has come under sharp criticism at home for agreeing to the delay. [ID:nL7622436]
In New York, the U.N. Security Council has brought forward a scheduled meeting on the Middle East after Libya demanded it urgently debate the Goldstone report. [ID:nN07494350] That debate will take place on Wednesday, the day before the Human Rights session which is expected to stretch into Friday."
That story continues here on Reuters.
From the Jerusalem Post,
Barak calls for Goldstone rejection
"Ahead of Wednesday's UN Security Council debate set to be used by Palestinian diplomats and representatives of Arab states to press for action on the Goldstone Report, Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a series of phone conversations with world statesmen and diplomats in a bid to convince them not to adopt the findings of the report, which accuses Israel of committing war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last winter. "
"The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that in the previous night's conversations, Barak said, "The Goldstone Report is false, twisted, biased and supports terror."
"Adopting the report will likely give encouragement to terror organizations across the world," he reportedly added. "Democratic nations must understand that adopting the report will severely impair their ability to fight terror."
Al Jazeera reported as well:
|UN agrees to 'Goldstone session'|
"The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session in Geneva, as requested by the Palestinian Authority, in which the Goldstone report is expected to be addressed, Al Jazeera has learnt."
"The session will begin on Thursday and is expected to last into the following day."
"The request by the Palestinian Authority (PA) is co-sponsored by the 18 member states of the human rights council."
"Those members are: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Senegal."
"The meeting will be the 12th special session of the council, following the Security Council's open debate on the Middle East expected in New York on Wednesday."
More on the Security Council debate later in the day.